Thought it might be interesting to talk about the cold wax process this week.
There are always paintings that do not quite hit your expectations, but still enjoyed painting them. I may not have resolved what kept the paintings from being good, but I kept going. Some crazy drive in me that pulls me back to the easel.
So, I have dragged some of those old paintings out and begun again, this time with cold wax medium added into the oil paint. It seems I take more risks with cold wax and abandon myself to the process more. And I allow myself to experiment with colors and shapes and other tools (using the palette knife, chopsticks and silicone wedges more). I tend to think more about repetition of shapes, patterns repeated and what makes those shapes or marks stand out or resonate. And this will lead me into the series of paintings of the prairie I need to start on. For the prairie is repetition of line and color that reflects itself in the broad expanse of the grasses. The fields of prairie mesmerize me and I want to create that on canvas with the oil and cold wax.
I am told that I need to “find my style”, produce a series, and be recognizable when my paintings are hung in a gallery. But for me, it is capturing that feeling in my mind which is fleeting and not predictable and draws on that non-static, searching for creativeness.